As I read today’s Proverb, I imagine myself getting a world class lesson in communication from the best teacher possible.
Proverbs 10 is full of wisdom about how and why to be an effective communicator, and what pitfalls to avoid. I know I’ve been a “chattering fool” at times, and I’ve certainly failed to “hold my tongue” at others. I’m guessing you might have too.
As you read today’s verses, pause at each one that teaches us how to speak. Take a moment to think through how you can apply it. Consider each scenario as another deposit to your wisdom account.
To saving together,
The Lips of the Righteous
When people lie, they think they’re outwitting the other person. The fact is, however, according to Solomon, it’s never smart to lie. Executives at Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom thought they were being smart with their “creative accounting.” But they were really just lying with numbers. Their lies cost them and their employees and shareholders dearly.
If lying is foolishness, telling the truth is smart. It creates a foundation of integrity that we can build our life and reputation upon. It shows our spouses, children, friends, employees, peers, and customers that they can rely on us.
“One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.”
– Al David
Today, I will make a deposit to my “wisdom” account.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.